On 4 July, the law firm of Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore published an article on ILO (now part of the Lexology framework), explaining why great delays occur in cases involving alleged white-collar crime in Nigeria. It uses as an example a bribery incident which occurred in February 2013 and which caught on video by the State Security Service (and which was released to the public almost immediately). The charges were brought some 10 months later but, as is often the case in Nigeria, the defendant sought to terminate the charges on technical grounds and evoke appeals, an anticipated strategy employed as part of his defence so as to ensure that there was no quick resolution to the case. This is sometimes described as the “an adjournment is as good as an acquittal” strategy.
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